• Did you know that most Swedish surnames mean something? In this A1 level course, you’ll follow the journalist Anna Grankvist around while she’s writing a report about Swedish surnames. Which names are the most common? Where do they come from and what do they mean? You’ll learn all of this, including relevant vocabulary and how to decipher the names of famous Swedes, in this course!

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    Andersson, Johansson, Karlsson

    about the most common surnames different ways to introduce yourself what patronymics are

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    Scholars and Nobility

    how the surnames of scholars and the nobility developed the names of some flowers and animals how noble families used to form their names

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    Nature Names – Trees

    what nature names are why Swedes have names like "fir twig" and "oak branch" the names of different trees and parts of a tree

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    Nature Names – Mountains and Valleys

    some words for landscapes, water and nature

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    Nature Names – Compounds

    how to combine nature-related words to form surnames what the most common nature names are what some famous Swedes are "really" called a few facts about changing your name in Sweden

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    Military Names

    surnames which come originally from the military names for some military-related objects some useful adjectives to describe yourself and others

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    From Nilsson to Lejonros

    to identify and decipher different types of names whether Anna finished her report or not

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